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Rabbit Holes and Wardrobes

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Activities in this lesson include looking at the use of portals and the passing of time in fantasy stories and considering the types of stories in which portals are needed. Activities in this lesson also include answering higher order questions on portals and the passing of time.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on self-assessment with a five-minute activity based on this extract.


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Fantasy Story lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Rabbit Holes and Wardrobes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:

    Teachers – Fantastic New Resource for Teaching English and Higher Order Skills Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve just come across an excellent ready-to-use KS2 lesson called “Rabbit Holes and Wardrobes” that cleverly develops English and cognitive skills through the theme of fantasy stories.

    In this lesson, students analyse the use of portals and the passing of time in well-known fantasy tales. Activities get pupils thinking about the narrative purpose and logic of portals as magical doorways to fantasy worlds.

    Higher order questions then consolidate and extend this knowledge, challenging students to apply their understanding in hypothetical scenarios. For example:

    “Imagine you left school on a Friday at 3pm and unexpectedly went through a portal to a fantasy world and stayed there for 2 days. What day and time would you arrive home?”

    As well as building content knowledge, these activities develop key evidence-based learning skills like critical thinking, metacognition and self-assessment.

    There’s even a 5 minute CPD excerpt and activity on the research evidence for self-assessment, allowing you to enhance your own professional knowledge as you teach.

    So if you’re looking for an engaging English lesson that secretly develops advanced cognitive abilities, this fantasy-based resource comes highly recommended. The combination of literacy and higher order skills makes it a lesson of two halves – but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts!

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